KMC set to widen property tax ambit
Sep 05, 2013
Source : The Times of India


KOLKATA: Get ready to pay enhanced property tax as the KMC is set to send notices to taxpayers across the city for General Revaluation (GR).

After sending Property Information Form (PIF) to property owners across the 18 wards of the city, the civic body now wants to mop up revenue by sending GR notices to owners of those properties whose tax amount have remained stagnant for six years or more.

In some wards across the city, the GR, which is done once in six years, has been held up for the past 12 years, conceded a KMC assessment department official. “We are calculating the number of households based on the GR last done on these properties. We will send GR notices accordingly,” said the official.

According to the official, though a section of property owners have responded “wholeheartedly” to the PIF scheme, most of them have remained silent the on nature of property.

“We have got useful information from a section of property owners from 18 wards where we had sent PIF. We hope to augment revenue from commercial properties in a few wards based on the feedback from the owners. At the same time, we have noticed that most taxpayers in these wards have not responded to our appeal of self-assessment,” the official added.

According to sources in the department, only 10% owners from the 18 wards have sent the feedback based on the PIF sent to them two months ago. However, a section of commercial property owners have responded from areas such as Ballygunge, Gariahat, Rashbehari Avenue, Dhakuria and Jodhpur Park, among other areas. “We will benefit from the information as our revenue will get a boost because of the self-assessment by the owners of these commercial properties,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, the chief manager (revenue).

For the rest who have not responded to the PIF, the department will send inspectors to take stock of the present status of the properties. “We had sent PIF to owners in 18 wards, especially in areas located along the Bypass, with an objective to bring unassessd properties into the tax network. As we have received lukewarm response from these wards, we will now send our inspectors to these areas and take stock of unassessed properties,” Ghosh said.

However, the opposition leaders in the KMC felt the civic body should continue with the PIF. “If a system is withdrawn within three months of its introduction, what is its use?” wondered Rupa Bagchi, the leader of the opposition at the KMC.

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